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(Main) The TCA’s Keith Warburton and Adam Harris, and (inset) TCA chairman Robert French with CompTIA’s Todd Thibodeaux


A new era for the UK IT industry


Call for small business to get involved in new, larger organisation  CompTIA boss says UK market is ‘on the verge of some significant’ changes, wants to enable business to capitalise on opportunities


By Andrew Wooden


THE LARGEST UK trade body, born out of merger between the TCA and its larger US equivalent CompTIA, plans to shake up the British technology industry with a raft of initiatives to better support independent computer businesses, backed with significant funding from the cash-rich American group. The two trade bodies announced the merger last month, having been working on the deal in secret for around a year – the move was one of Adam Harris’ first and chief duties since becoming TCA CEO in 2009. The union creates the largest trade body in the UK space by far, and one of the largest in Europe. One of the chief ways CompTIA draws funds in the US is through its


training and accreditation program, and the body clearly has similar designs on the UK market. “One of our four pillars is to educate the Channel,” said Todd Thibodeaux, CEO and president of the US organisation. “The UK market is on the verge of some significant new waves in managed services, cloud, disaster recovery and security. We want to do what we can to help the solution providers, vendors and distributors working in the market make the most of these opportunities.” Meanwhile, the TCA’s top brass is


calling for more UK businesses to join up and increase the new body’s reach. TCA chairman, Robert French said:


“The move benefits members of both organisations by utilising their expertise and resources, which in turn


A recent joint conference was held at the Radisson Edwardian near Heathrow


“We want to do what we can to help the solution providers, vendors and distributors working in the market make the most of these opportunities”


Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA


will strengthen the development of the channel through collaboration. Certifications and credentials are what all industries require and are respected for, and CompTIA delivers these services at the helm of its organisation – something that they are renowned for globally.


“In addition to this the members will benefit from research information, advice programs, a variety of focused events and developing partner programmes, which are all great networking opportunities for the Channel to be involved with. All we ask of companies within the Channel is to get involved with our trade association by being a member, and let us create the association opportunities on your behalf whilst you focus on running your business.”


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